March 12, 2012; Melbourne, FL, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann (27) pitches during the spring training game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Space Coast Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE
• Top o' the 1st: Ryan Zimmerman threw high to first earning a throwing error (according to MLB.com's Gameday at least) on a two-out grounder toward third by Miami Marlins' backstop John Buck, so Washington Nationals' right-hander Jordan Zimmermann's opening frame was extended by two batters with Fish first baseman Gaby Sanchez singling to put two on with two out in the top of the first before outfielder Bryan Petersen lined out to Ian Desmond at short to end an 18-pitch (11-strike) inning.
Top o' the 2nd: A bases-loaded RBI groundout by Chad Tracy in the Nats' first gave Zimmermann a one-run lead to work with when he took the mound in the second. 24-year-old Miami infielder Donovan Solano and 22-year-old Marlins' 07 1st Round pick Matt Dominguez hit back-to-back one-out singles off Zimmermann after he'd struck Scott Cousins out to start the inning. The Marlins, however, weren't using a DH for some reason, so today's starter Tom Koehler came up with runners on first and second and worked the count full before he grounded into an inning-ending 3-6-1 DP. Chad Tracy at first to Ian Desmond and second and back to the pitcher covering the first base bag. According to WTOP's Craig Heist, Zimmermann threw 20 pitches in the second, leaving him at 38 after 2.0 IP...
Top o' the 3rd: Zimmermann got up 0-2 on former National Emilio Bonifacio and eventually got a fly to left from the switch-hitting outfielder in what ended up a 10-pitch at bat with Bonifacio battling to stay alive and Zimmermann unable to put him away. Up 0-2 again on infielder Donny Murphy, Zimmermann saw the Fish shortstop foul off two pitches before popping out to Ryan Zimmerman in foul territory off third. John Buck hit a two-out double to center off the Nats' right-hander to extend the inning to 20 pitches, but Zimmermann got Gaby Sanchez looking with a 1-2 fastball to end his third scoreless frame of the afternoon. The 26-pitch frame has Zimmermann at 65 pitches after three.
Top o' the 4th: Marlins' outfielder Bryan Petersen K'd swinging through a low 1-2 fastball for Jordan Zimmermann's third K of the game in the top of the fourth. Scott Cousins flew out to left on the first pitch he saw, but Marlins' infielder Donovan Solano collected his second hit in two at bats when he hit a ground rule double to right that bounced over the wall out of play. Zimmermann got up 0-2 on Matt Dominguez in the next at bat, however, and got a fly to left-center to complete his fourth scoreless frame.
Zimmermann's Line: 4.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K's, 78 P, 54 S. (ed. note - "Gameday still says E on Zimmerman in the 1st, beat reporters in Florida saying 6 H off Zimmermann, no E on Zim. As both the Nats' radio announcers Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler and the Washington Times' Amanda Comak noted, Zimmermann had trouble putting batters away today, with a lot of long AB's that started with 0-2 counts and Ms. Comak noted on Twitter that four of the six hits Zimmermann allowed this afternoon came with two outs.")
• XBH: After lining out to Marlins' second baseman Donovan Solano in his first at bat this afternoon against RHP Tom Koehler, Bryce Harper hit the first pitch he saw from Marlins' right-hander Steve Cisek the second time up, slicing it to left and hustling around to second before sliding in headfirst safely ahead of the throw. The two-out double is Harper's first extra-base hit in 22 at bats this Spring and his second hit in two games after an adjustment period following his return from a calf strain.
• Buck, John Buck: Marlins' backstop John Buck is either 2 for 3 w/ a ROE or 3 for 3 with a single, double and HR after he hit an opposite field blast to right and just over Nats' right fielder Jayson Werth and the RF wall for a solo home run off right-hander Rafael Martin in the Marlins' sixth. Buck's first home run of the Spring tied the game at 1-1. The HR off the Nats' RHP Rafael Martin was in his second inning of work. After Martin, Ryan Mattheus threw two scoreless, allowing just one walk. Still 1-1 in the 9th.
Henry Rodriguez walked his first batter of the Spring, Donovan Solano, with one down in the top of the frame. Solano stole second with Chase Lambin at the plate, and when Rodriguez hit Lambin there were two on with one out, but he got help from shortstop Andres Blanco, who made a leaping grap on a liner off Jeff Dominguez's bat and beat Solano back to the bag with a throw to Steven Lombardozzi for an inning-ending 6-4 DP. Still 1-1 in the 9th.
• Draw: Jason Michaels lined to left on a 3-1 pitch from Marlins' right-hander Sandy Rosario in the bottom of the ninth, redeeming himself a little after dropping another fly ball when he was out in left in the seventh. Michaels went first-to-third™ on a Brett Carroll single in the next at bat, but couldn't advance on a grounder to second by Jhonatan Solano that got Carroll caught in a rundown (trying to let Michaels score?) and doubled up. Roger "The Shark" Bernadina got a chance to win it with two down, but couldn't take advantage of it. 1-1 tie after Bernadina's groundout. They call it a draw.